Dana DeMaster, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Dana DeMaster is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She earned both her doctorate degree and her master’s degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of California Davis while she earned her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology at Hampshire College.

Dr. DeMaster’s research broadly examines how brain maturation during childhood contributes to developmental improvements in learning and memory.  Using MRI and fMRI techniques, Dr. DeMaster’s research has investigated typical and atypical brain development in pediatric from the ages of 1-18-years.  At the Children’s Learning Institute, Dr. DeMaster uses advanced neuroimaging methods to investigate questions related to how environmental factors shape maturation of brain regions implicated in learning and memory.  She is currently conducting research that investigates the functional and anatomical implications of pediatric traumatic brain injury on brain development as it relates to cognitive and emotional development during childhood.  In addition to this research and in collaboration with Drs. Ursula Johnson and Susan Landry, Dr. DeMaster examines the role of parenting practices on brain development in toddlers. The goal of this investigation is to document the impact of an existing intervention on parenting practices on neurodevelopment during early childhood. 

Dr. DeMaster is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, the Cognitive Development Society, and the National Neurotrauma Society. 

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Dana DeMaster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dana DeMaster, Ph.D.